Top athlete wins race against solar car

In the FBK Station, the testing ground for technology, top athlete Lisanne de Witte competed against RED Shift, Solar Team Twente’s solar car. The battle demonstrated that top sports and innovation go hand in hand.

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  • FBK Games are the testing ground for technology and innovation.
  • Top athlete Lisanne de Witte competes against the solar car of Solar Team Twente.
Human vs. Machine

The spectators were treated an exciting race with a special distance of 300 meters. Lisanne started with an easily gained big lead in the first seconds, however, the car was getting closer towards the end. The car, built to efficiently drive long distances, slowly gained speed and came close to the top athlete after around 200 meters. The curvature of the track made the race extra exciting. With a minor lead, the top athlete managed to beat the solar car.

3000 km vs. 300 m

“A thrilling race”, says Jan Lenssen, driver of the car. “I drove the car during the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, but this is different. A lot happened in a short amount of time because of the short distance and the special opponent. It remained exciting until the end: Lisanne got away so fast. We got close at the end but sadly did not manage to get ahead of her. This was a very cool experience.” Not just for the Solar Team, but also athlete Lisanne de Witte. “Super cool. It was a good test for me to start really fast. I knew the car was behind me while running, making the race truly exciting”, de Witte says after she won.

Testing ground for innovation

The FBK Games are the athletic testing ground. Interesting technologies were applied and tested during this edition of the FBK Games. The wavelight was used to guide Hassan to a European record and Ignisious Gaisah jumped in a sensor-equipped Xsens suit, which provided a new dimension in the long jump.

 

Nikki van Rijdt (event coordinator at the Solar Team Twente): “We are a testing ground as well, but for sustainable mobility. By participating in the FBK Games we show the possibilities of innovation and sustainability in top sport. Our slogan is "Powered by Human Energy" for a reason. The drivers, as well as the rest of the team, work hard and practice top sport, just like the athletes. This competition is a great example and does justice to the hard work.”

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

On October 13, 2019, Solar Team Twente will be at the starting line of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the most prestigious race for solar cars. The team will drive their car 3000 km right through the Australian outback, with more than 50 other international participants. The race has three classes. Solar Team Twente is participating in the Challenger Class, the Formula 1 class for solar cars.

Date: 10 June 2019
Source of tekst: Solar Team Twente
Author: Solar Team Twente
Audio / video: Annelies Dekker